...With contemporary cuisine the Spread Eagle is something of a conundrum. Originally an old pub, the venue has been refurbished into an elegant restaurant and bar set in a traditional French style; you can almost hear Edith Piaf warbling at the edges of consciousness as you step in through the curved sliding doors.
The bar area is beautifully appointed with booths separated by frosted glass and small tables set around the marble fireplace. The bar itself invites you in with its soft dark wood and traditional setting. The wine and cocktail list gives you plenty of choice, and prices are reasonable (a bottle of excellent Bergerac sets you back £28). I would recommend the bar both for a more formal drinks evening or pre-dinner drinks. Bar food is also served (though I have not yet had the pleasure of ordering some) with decent value coming through once again (a burger is c.£9 - compare the ambiance to a GBK which is more expensive and its a no-brainer).
The restaurant is decorated in softer tones with plush velvet chairs that are very comfortable to sit in and paintings of Greenwich filling the walls. The food is delicious and ranges from traditional duck breast to more contemporary crab cakes with a spiced mango chutney (a main is c. £15 and a starter c. £8). Service was excellent the first time I went three weeks ago, but unfortunately a little slower last Saturday with the mains having taken around 30-40min to arrive after the starters. Overall very good.
The venue is very welcoming, and filled with a good number of people the backdrop of traditional turn-of-the-century acoustic music fits in very well with the atmosphere. Later in the evening the jazz club below (not the same venue) kicks up which lends a fun and amusing element to the tail end of the meal.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and family, though be aware of the more formal setting and would advise nice jeans and a double-cuff shirt be as casual as you dress.
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